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Saturday, May 4, 2013

The 12 Senators I’m Voting This Election 2013

Election 2013 is fast approaching and earlier at work, since we were on avail, I decided to Google all the senatorial candidates. I also decided to write down the 12 senators that I’m voting this coming May 13, 2013 election. Most of these candidates have proven track records. Others are newbies when it comes to being a Senator (hopefully). I selected some because of their numerous years in public service in their respective district and cities.

There are other senatorial candidates out who have impressive resume but are relatively unknown and have slim chance of winning, thus, I decided not to include them in my list.

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1. ANGARA, JUAN EDGARDO "SONNY" (LDP)
(LABAN NG DEMOKRATIKONG PILIPINO)

· Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara is the son of incumbent Senator Edgardo J. Angara

· An associate attorney with the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRA) law firm

· Elected to public office in 2004 as the Representative to Congress for the Lone District of Aurora

· Elected to a second term as Congressman in 2007

· Elected to a third term as Congressman for Aurora in May 2010

 

2. AQUINO, BENIGNO BAM (LP)
(LIBERAL PARTY)

· Social entrepreneur

· Awards and Citations

· Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award of the World, in recognition for his world-class work with Youth and Social Enterprise (2012)

· Asian Social Entrepreneur of the Year with Mark Ruiz (World Economic Forum, 2011)

· United Nations Project Inspire Grand Prize (The Hapinoy Program, 2011)

· Awarded by MasterCard and The Singapore National Committee for UN Women

· Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (Community Development and Social Enterprise, 2010)

· GoNegosyo Inspiring Young Entrepreneur (2010)

· Co-Finalist, Ernst and Young (Entrepreneur of the Year 2010)

· PLDT Bossing Co-Awardee (Retail Financing Category, 2010)

 

3. CASIÑO, TEDDY (MKB) of BAYAN MUNA
(MAKABAYANG KOALISYON NG MAMAMAYAN)

· Casino is the one of the principal authors of four laws that have benefited the poor and marginalized sectors, namely:

· The Public Attorneys Act of 2007 (R.A. 9406),

· The Tax Relief Act of 2009 (R.A. 9504)

· The Rent Control Act of 2009 (R.A. 9653)

· The Anti-Torture Act of 2009 (R.A. 9745)

· The following are bills filed by Casino:

· The removal of VAT on power (HB 2719), oil (HB 1630) and toll fees (HB 5303)

· The regulation of oil prices (HB 4355), mobile phone services (HB 5653), tuition fees (HB 1961) and interest rates (HB 4917).

· Casino is also the principal author of:

· The Whistleblowers Protection and Rewards Bill (HB 132)

· The Freedom of Information Bill (HB 133)

· The Anti-Dynasty Bill (HB 3413)

· The House version of the Anti-Epal Bill (HB 2309)

 

4. ESCUDERO, CHIZ
(INDEPENDENT)

· Among the laws Chiz Escudero authored and sponsored are:

· RA 9504 (Tax Exemptions for Minimum Wage Earners and Increased Tax Exemptions)

· RA 9576 (Increased Maximum Deposit Insurance Coverage to P500, 000)

· RA 9514 (Revised Fire Code of the Philippines)

· RA 10158 (Decriminalized Vagrancy)

· RA 10353 (Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act)

· RA 9745 (Anti-Torture Act)

 

5. GORDON, DICK (UNA)
(UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE)

· Mayor of Olongapo City

· Chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority

· Secretary of Tourism

· Governor of the Philippine National Red Cross

· He was also responsible for the passage of Republic Act No. 9369 — or the Automated Elections System

· Responsible for Republic Act No. 9499 or The Filipino World War II Veterans Pensions and Benefits Act of 2008 (a.k.a. Gordon's Veterans Bill) 

 

6. HAGEDORN, ED
(INDEPENDENT)

· Under his leadership, Puerto Princesa was transformed into one of the more famous eco-tourism destinations in the Philippines. The city is also a global model for environment protection, elevating the city into the Hall of Fame as the Philippines “cleanest and greenest” component city and winning several global recognition and awards in the process.

 

7. HONTIVEROS, RISA (AKBAYAN)
(AKBAYAN CITIZENS' ACTION PARTY)

· Successful pieces of legislation that she crafted and filed in Congress includes:

· The Cheaper Medicines Law

· Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) Law

· The Anti-Prostitution Bill

· The Gender Balance Bill

· The Students' Rights and Welfare (STRAW) Bill

· She became a prominent figure alongside Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Pia Cayetano in the nationwide campaign for the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, which she co-authored during her stint in Congress.

 

8. LEGARDA, LOREN (NPC)
(NATIONALIST PEOPLES' COALITION)

· She authored legislations such as the following:

· Anti-Domestic Violence Act

· Anti-Child Labor Law

· Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act

· Ecological Solid Waste Management Law

· Tropical Fabric Law

· She also filed the following laws:

· Expanded Senior Citizens Law

· Climate Change Law

· Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Act

· Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act

· Revised Agri-Agra Law

 

9. MAGSAYSAY, MITOS (UNA)
(UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE)

· She has been a representative on the 1st District on Zambales for 3 consecutive terms.

· She has to travel with her kids in local or foreign destinations whenever she feels worn out in her job as a congresswoman.

 

10. MAGSAYSAY, RAMON JR. (LP)
(LIBERAL PARTY)

· Personal Equity Retirement Account (PERA)

· Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF)

· Young Farmers’ Program (YFP)

· Good Samaritan Bill

· Special Education Fund (Amending Art 272 of the Local Government Code)

· Student Loan Program

· Computer Literacy as subjects in elementary and high school curricula

· Cybercrime Act

· Coffee Research and Development Bill

· Terrorism Finance Act

· Rationalization of Tax Administration Bill

· Pre-Need Bill

· Corporate Recovery Act

· Doctors for the Barrios Bill

· Scholarship Program for Government Employees Act

· Botika sa Barangay Bill

 

11. POE, GRACE
(INDEPENDENT)

· Full name is Grace Poe-Llamanzares

· Former censors chief (MTRCB) from 2010-2012

· Under her leadership, MTRCB accomplished the following things:

· Introduction of a new classification system for movies and television

· Additional institutional support to independent film makers

· Institutional engagement with other government agencies, media organizations and other interest groups in order to protect the interests of children.

 

12. ZUBIRI, MIGZ (UNA)
(UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE)

· Biofuels Act

· The Magna Carta for Private School Teachers

· Act Providing for a Magna Carta of Students

· Act Instituting the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Repealing Republic Act No. 6425, as Amended

· Rent Control Law

· AFP Rate Base Pay Increase

· Wildlife Conservation Act

· Renewable Energy Act

· Cooperative Code of the Philippines

 

PARTY-LIST – Ang Ladlad #28

*Disclaimer: All information mentioned here are taken from Wikipedia, the website of the Philippine Senate and various other websites on the Internet. I don’t claim accuracy to these information

 

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